The Letter to the Philippianso 140, one of the Apostolic Fathers, from Antioch to the early Christian church in Philippi.The letter is generally agreed to be authentic. The letter is described by Irenaeus as follows: The letter is one of a number believed to have been written by Polycarp. The letter was composed in Greek, but the Greek text has not been preserved in its entirety. There is also a Latin translation of the letter, and a few quotations of it preserved in Syriac.
|Authorship: (Assumed)||Polycarp of Smyrna|
|Year Written: (Assumed)||110-140 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Church Father - Apostolic|
The Church Fathers are ancient and generally influential Christian theologians, some of whom were eminent teachers and great bishops. The term is used of writers or teachers of the Church not necessarily ordained and not necessarily "saints".
The Apostolic Fathers were Christian theologians who lived within the first 100-years who are believed to have personally known some of the Twelve Apostles, or to have been significantly influenced by them. Their writings, though popular in Early Christianity, were ultimately not included in the final canon of the New Testament. Many of the writings derive from the same time period and geographical location as other works of early Christian literature that did come to be part of the New Testament, and some of the writings found among the Apostolic Fathers seem to have been just as highly regarded as some of the writings that became the New Testament.
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